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Karen Elizabeth Norris neé Messinger

Passed away surrounded by family December 17th. She will be deeply missed by her children Angela (Avery Flanagan) and David Norris. Will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Hannah and Landon Flanagan. Karen was a dear sister to Ann Pritchard (Ian), Beverly Messinger and Jeff Messinger (Gill). Karen leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Karen will be remembered by her former spouse William Norris.

As a mother, Karen provided the gift of strength to her two kids. For many years she was the sole provider and care giver to her children, and raised them with humour, grace, love, and a strong sense of right and wrong.

As a sibling, Karen was thoughtful and unendingly conscientious with her sisters and brother. Always available, and always offered support in the hard times, as well as making a point to celebrate their many successes in life, including their children, for whom she was a doting aunt, and great-aunt.

As a grandmother, Karen gave her heart and soul to her two grandchildren. Living in the same city made it so she was very much in their lives, creating memories, and sharing in their upbringing with her daughter and son-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at The Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road, Orleans, ON, on Saturday, December 21st, at 11am.

She was loved by us all, and will be dearly missed.

20 responses to “Karen Elizabeth Norris neé Messinger”

  1. Cornelia Lourens South Africa says:

    Will always remember Karen with fondness. My best friend on Star Princess yet we were strangers when we met and became best of friends…

  2. Niki says:

    My deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to your family during this difficult time. Karen was a wonderful person who I truly enjoyed working with, we got along right away. I will miss our chats dearly. She will be truly missed.

  3. Jim Moses says:

    Karen you will be greatly missed @ HRG, Our deepest sympathies to all during this difficult time.

    Jim

  4. Diane Dash (Burlington, On) says:

    I am shocked and very saddended by this news. My condolences go out to her entire family. Karen and I go back to grade 9. We could write a book! This is so sad. She was an amazing person all around. I loved her sense of adventure. She had envious wisdom and was a good mother, sister and a dear friend. My heart goes out to all her family. She WILL be missed immensely. Love ya Babydoll.

  5. Christina Goldsztajn says:

    I will always remember Karen as one of the funniest people I have ever met. Karen is my husbands aunt and I have had the pleasure of attending many weddings, barbecues and family visits with her. Karen had a strong presence, she was a force of nature and I loved her for it. I am sorry that I will not be there in person to celebrate her life with those who loved her. I will remember her often.

  6. Joshua Goldsztajn says:

    I’ll miss you so much Aunt Karen. So glad we got to reconnect more over the last few years. Good thing you were such an avid traveler and made it out west frequently as well as seeing so much of the world on your journeys. You were brutally honest to the core and I admired that about you.
    Especially sympathetic to my Mom and Aunt Ann and Uncle Jeff for the loss of a sibling and confidante and to Angela and David – words just cant express
    Love you all and sorry I couldnt be there in person to share in the stories and memories and celebration of Karen’s life

  7. Faith Baker says:

    Thoughts and prayers for all her family.
    It will be difficult each day to work knowing she is not part of our team.
    I enjoyed working with Karen, and it leave a great sense of sorrow. I shall miss her.

  8. Sheelah Cairns says:

    This is extremely sad news. My deepest condolences and sympathies to Angela and all her family during this difficult time, your mom was an amazing person.

  9. Sylvie and Pierre (Lefebvre) says:

    Our deepest condolences to Angela and all family.

  10. Brian and Maria Leach says:

    Sorry to learn of the sad news. We remember Karen both from our Dorval and Mississauga days and have many good memories of happy get-togethers with all the gang from John 23rd and others. RIP Karen from Brian and Maria Leach

  11. Angeline says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Angela, David and grandchildren. Karen spoke very fondly of you and the very special place you all had in her heart. She was kind, caring and compassionate. She was a wonderful college to work with. May she rest in peace.

  12. Beverley Lawrence says:

    Dear Bev,
    Heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your sister.
    Most sincerely,
    Beverley Lawrence

  13. Brian Nelson says:

    I am saddened by this news of Karen’s passing. I grew up beside the Pritchards in Dorval. My sympathies to her family.

  14. Gayle Parker says:

    I knew Karen as a child. I remember how we used to laugh hysterically together with her older sister Ann, my best friend in grade 2. I’m so sorry she is gone forever. Deepest condolences to her beloved siblings and family.

    Gayle Parker

  15. Pat Flanagan says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Angela and family.
    God Bless.
    Pat and Margaret

  16. KARA Jane Carriere says:

    I will remember Karen very fondly and work much love. I met and worked with her at the Jazz Festival, and spent much time with her outside of work. She always made me laugh and was so wise, and always had great life advice to provide and help out. I looked up to her, had fun with her, respected her and her honesty and way she lived her life. I know she’ll be looking down on her family and helping you all along the way… Know that she is always there, just not physically. Xo

  17. Eileen Fagan says:

    Karen was an amazing person. I will miss here dearly.

  18. Manal Alsaraf says:

    My deepest condolences to you Angela, David and all the family members.
    I had the pleasure to work with Karen, She was an extremely kind and thoughtful person, I will always remember her kind words and her amazing spirit. She will be truly missed.
    May her soul rest in peace.

    Manal Alsaraf

  19. Thea says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with Karens Family she was a great lady to know

  20. Cherryl (Barlow ) Bourdon says:

    So sorry to hear oh Karen’s passing. I remember Karen as a young girl, always such a happy girl.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen’s entire family.

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